Honors Education at Research Universities (HERU) Inaugural Conference

Honors colleges and programs are very diverse in terms of size, programming and institutional setting. The way they operate and respond to challenges is very much a function of these conditions. This conference is noteworthy as it illustrates how certain types of honors colleges and programs are strengthening the case for honors education.


Introducing the inaugural Honors Education at Research Universities (HERU) National Conference, hosted by the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. The conference will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania, from Monday, May 20, to Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

About the Conference

Let’s face it: The place for honors education at research institutions of higher learning seems obvious. Our resources, our faculty, our academic foundations in the sciences and technology, and our emphasis on practical application of research and scholarship define and distinguish us. But it’s not always an easy sell to others in the Academy or to some of the nation’s best and brightest high school students who have a myriad of choices vying for their attention. The truth is, we’re different. Neither better nor worse, but different.

That is why a group of Research I institutions with strong, vibrant honors programs are launching HERU: Honors Education at Research Universities. HERU is the brainchild of members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in recognition of the vitality and strength of honors education. By coming together during this two-day conference, we will share best practices and build collaborations that will strengthen the case, and the place, for honors education at research universities.

(Source: HERU, May 20, 2013)

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